The Sunday Mail
AFTER taking a break during the winter period, popular monthly event, Unplugged, makes a return on August 25 at a venue yet to be announced.
The upcoming edition has already fuelled anticipation among followers with the organisers roping in one of South Africa’s finest, Shekhinah Donnell, for the event.
The talented songstress comes to the capital with solid credentials, having scooped three major awards, including Album of the Year, Best Female Artiste of the Year and Best Newcomer of the Year at the recently held South Africa Music Awards (SAMA).
While she first made a mark on Idols SA, it was her collaboration with Sketchy Bongo on “Back to the Beach”, which pumped an adrenaline shot into her career.
The artiste, whose music blends R&B, pop and electronic sounds, has become a consistent hit-maker with most of her releases and collaborations topping the charts.
Some of the popular hits that her voice have been responsible for creating include “Suited”, “Your Eyes”, “Let You Know”, “Different”, “On It” and “Please Mr”.
Shekhinah will be supported by an array of talented local acts including Tamy Moyo, Vision of Hope, Buhle and Asaph.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail Society, Unplugged co-founder Chiedza Danha said bringing in international acts was not just for the benefit of the fans but for upcoming artistes as well.
“This is for the benefit of the audience but also for some of our young up and coming artistes to be exposed to outside talent,” said Danha.
“At this event, all of the young artistes on our development programme will have the opportunity to speak directly to Shekhinah and understand how she has mapped her career. All year round they meet and interact with our top local musicians, so this is simply an opportunity for them to also get another perspective.”
She said they are committed to bringing international acts from time to time and settling on Shekhinah was an easy decision considering her amazing talent. “We are huge Shekhinah fans. Besides the fact that she is an amazing vocalist and musician, Shekhinah is undoubtedly a huge star on the rise. We love her vibe and her brand and are excited for her to perform for the first time in Zimbabwe.”
The organisers are planning on giving the event a festival vibe and will be coming up with a unique theme soon.
“Unplugged is in transition and will look completely different in 2019 so for the rest of this year we will give everyone a glimpse into our big plans going forward. The feel of the event will be entirely different as we bring on new brand partners and introduce other interesting aspects.”
This will not be the first time that an international act has performed at Unplugged, with DJ Zinhle having graced the event in December last year.